Ispired by Benozzo Gozzoli's fresco cycle, "The Journey of the Wise Men (Magi)". 1459 - 61.

Ian A. Hawkins

Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Artist's Description

Ian A. Hawkins, Artist.
One of the most enchanting works in all Italian Renaissance art. was my inspiration for this modern version.
I have chosen a detail from the procession; that of two young pages and lifted them from this famous work.
Located on the walls of the private chapel, of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in Florence and described as… " The most glittering fresco cycle of the 15th century".
I have been fortunate to have visited it twice.
My work is titled…“Youth, like the Butterfly, is Ephemeral”. It signifies the gung-ho attitude, arrogance, narcissism and pride of many young men, who believe, as they approach man-hood, that they are immortal.
The Butterflies are placed over the lips, symbolicly silencing their sometimes reckless and hurtful words .
Mixed Media Collage by Ian.A.Hawkins, on canvas block. Materials used include, found images, recycled objects, gold leaf, jewells, braid, beads, sequins, metallic and acrylic paint.
(Photo by Anthony Davey; http//www.redbubble.com/people/anthonydavey) .

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